2019-01-25 National Governors Association

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

Prenatal to Age Three Learning Collaborative 

January 7-9, 2019 | New Orleans, Louisiana 

NGA Center Education Division hosted its Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age Three Policies Learning Collaborative in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brought together national experts and representatives from 15 states to discuss issues and challenges in the area of prenatal to age three policies. The sessions highlighted innovative models for a comprehensive prenatal to age three policy agenda, systems of prevention, home visiting, quality infant toddler child care, data sharing and quality and financing models. The learning collaborative provided the opportunity for a diverse group of state leaders to learn from one another about existing efforts to align and coordinate supports and services for infants, toddlers and their families. 

 Agenda | Participant List | Survey | Resources 

Presentations: Tuesday Morning, January 8th | Tuesday Afternoon, January 8th | Wednesday January 9th

Day 1: Monday, January 7, 2019 

 Keynote Address 

Speaker: 

  • Vanessa Nelson, family voice from the field 

 Opening and Dinner 

Speaker: 

  • Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute 

Day 2: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 

 Keynote Address 

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE 

 Welcome and Overview: Considerations for a Comprehensive Prenatal to Age Three System 

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center 

Session I: Inviting Legislators into Building and Promoting a Prenatal to Age Three Framework 

Speaker: 

  • Julie Poppe, Program Manager, National Conference of State Legislatures 

Session II: Building Strong Foundations: A Policy Framework for Infants, Toddlers, and Families from Zero to Three Framework  

Speaker: 

  • Barbara Gebhard, Assistant Director of Public Policy, ZERO TO THREE 

Break 

Session III: Principles for Improving Outcomes for Children and Families   

Speakers: 

  • Corey Zimmerman, Director of Policy and Scaling Strategies, Harvard Center on the Developing Child 
  • Susan Crowley, Senior Director, Program Services, Harvard Center on the Developing Child 

Lunch 

Session IV: Using Data to Improve Coordination in Prenatal to Age Three Systems  

Speaker: 

  • Carlise King, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, Child Trends 

Session V: Building Bridges Across Health, Human Services and Early Education 

Speakers: 

  • Elisabeth Burak, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families 
  • Amanda Innes, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • Kate Gallagher, Director of Research and Evaluation, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska 

Break 

Session VI: State Example: Mississippi 

Speaker: 

  • Laurie Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Education and Workforce, Office of Governor Phil Bryant 

Session VI: Deep Dive with Experts Session 

Speakers: 

  • Education: Kate Gallagher, Director of Research and Evaluation, Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska 
  • Health: Elisabeth Burak, Senior Fellow, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families 
  • Home Visiting: Amanda Innes, Senior Policy Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • Data: Carlise King, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Data Collaborative, Child Trends 
  • Mississippi Example: Laurie Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Education and Workforce, Office of Governor Phil Bryant 
  • Harvard Model: Susan Crowley, Senior Director, Program Services, Harvard Center on the Developing Child 

Session VI: Deep Dive with Experts Session 

Speaker: 

  • Brandy Jones Pritzker, State Program Manager, Pritzker Children’s Initiative 

Housekeeping and Wrap-Up from the Day 

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center 

Day 3: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 

Opening 

Speaker: 

  • Dr. Beth Caron, Program Director, NGA Center 

Session VII: Minnesota’s Prenatal to Age Three Framework   

Speaker: 

  • Megan Waltz, Prenatal to Age Three Policy and Systems Advisor, Minnesota Department of Health 

Session VIII: Zero to Three Case Studies 

Speaker:  

  • Barbara Gebhard, Assistant Director of Public Policy, ZERO TO THREE 

Break 

Session IX: Sustainability Discussion: Cross-State Table Conversations Using Tools to Address Policy Levers and Goals 

Final Team Planning and Sharing of Next Steps 

Lunch and Adjournment 

 

 

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